April 9, 2020
SVS Vascular Annual Meeting 2020 Canceled as a Live Event
April 9, 2020—The Society for Vascular Surgery announced that the Vascular Annual Meeting (VAM 2020) has been canceled as a live event. VAM 2020 was scheduled to be held on June 17–20 in Toronto, Ontario.
According to the announcement, the SVS Executive Board made this decision after continually monitoring the current trajectory and impact of COVID-19 in the United States and Canada, as well as the likely aftermath for SVS members in the coming months following the peak wave.
However, SVS advised that the Program Committee and SVS Postgraduate Education Committee have crafted a series of programs built from the science and education from VAM 2020 that will be delivered via interactive online forums over the summer months. More information will be forthcoming regarding the "ONLINE (Optimizing Novel Learning In a New Environment)" programs on the SVS website, in the SVS weekly Pulse electronic newsletter, and at the SVSConnect online community.
SVS will be setting up a process to allow registrants a choice either to receive a refund of all conference registration fees in full or to apply the VAM 2020 registration fee to VAM 2021, scheduled for June 2–5 in San Diego, California. For the deferral option, registrants must contact SVS by April 30 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; otherwise, the 2020 registration fees will automatically be refunded to the original method of payment.
Detailed information is available in the SVS VAM cancellation announcement. Additional information is available on the VAM 2020 Attendee Frequently Asked Question webpage.
Likewise, the SVS Foundation's Vascular Spectacular Northern Lights Gala on June 19 is canceled. All gala ticket sales will be refunded by the SVS Foundation and purchasers will be notified by email. Any ticket refund and/or donation inquiries should be directed to the SVS Foundation via email at SVSFoundation@vascularsociety.org.